San Diego’s reputation as a foodie haven is now complete. We know this because at least part of the new season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” competitive cooking show will be filmed here.
Instead of setting up camp in one city as the show usually does, the 13th season of the Bravo TV series will be set in the Golden State. In addition to San Diego, “Top Chef” will be filming in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Production will begin in the spring, with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, longtime judge Gail Simmons and Richard Blais, the chef behind Little Italy’s Juniper & Ivy restaurant. No word yet on local shooting locations. Season 13 will premiere in the fall.
In honor of its host state, guest judges will be pulled from a pool of California-based chefs, culinary stars and celebrities.
“The entire food landscape has transformed in the 10 years since ‘Top Chef’ first launched,” Bravo executive Shari Levine said a statement. “What better way to explore where it all started than to head out to California, one of the top culinary destinations in the world, for an unprecedented six-city expedition.”